Getting outside for some fresh air is good for our health – mental and physical. But sometimes it’s a struggle, especially with the daily demands of family, work and friends piled on as well. However, what if you added fresh cheese, tasty street food and craft beer to the outdoors experience? Suddenly, getting some fresh air seems a lot more appealing. Whether you’re looking for a breakfast bap, a top charcuterie selection or fresh-from-the-soil vegetables, heading to a farmers market is the ideal way to treat yourself to some of that wholesome countryside air – without going further than zone 3. Here’s our top five picks for London’s best farmers markets.
Camden Market Farmers Market
A new addition to Camden’s famous rows of market stalls is their all-new farmers market, which takes place every Saturday in the The Stables’ North Yard. Bringing a whole new, down-to-earth feel to the area’s vegan diners and tattoo parlours, the market hosts a range of stallholders, offering everything from meat to cheese to baked goods. Highlights include Gastronomica, purveyors of premium Italian goodies and of Borough Market fame, plus Vadasz Deli, which specialises in fermented pickles, kimchi and sauerkraut, and Richard Haward Oysters, a seventh-generation oysterman who cultivates his products on Mersea Island, Essex. A step up from bang bang chicken, then.
Every Saturday 9-5pm, North Yard, Camden, NW1 8AH camdenmarket.com
One of London’s most established farmers markets, Broadway Market has been welcoming customers to its street of stalls since the 1890s, where it was established on an old drover’s route into the city. Surrounded by equally tempting coffee shops, book stores and restaurants, Broadway Market is home to an array of street food stalls, traditional produce stands and vintage clothing sellers, among others. Head to the Jewish Deli for smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels, then on to Cinnamon Tree for a tasty selection artisan baked goods. A Saturday morning well spent.
Every Saturday 9-5pm, Hackney, E8 4QJ broadwaymarket.co.uk
A slightly higher calibre than your usual affair, Partridges have their weekly food market every Saturday outside their Royal Warrant-holding establishment in the Duke of York square. Started in 2005 with the aim of celebrating fine food, local producers and small businesses, Partridges host around 70 stalls every weekend, including La Ferme, specialising in French cheese, Aki Maki sushi, which is made fresh on the spot, and organic vegetables from Riverdale farm. Probably best to leave your wellies at home for this one.
Every Saturday 9-5pm, 2-5, Duke of York Square, Chelsea, SW3 4LY partridges.co.uk
Islington Farmers Market
For six days a week, Chapel Market is a busy, clattering, crowded London market. On the seventh, however, things slow down somewhat, and a whole other breed of stallholders roll in, unloading their artisan bread and bakes, British charcuterie and fresh pasta to hungry market-goers. Fuel up with a sausage bap from The Parson’s Nose, which has its own free-range farm in Monmouthshire, before stocking your cupboards with fresh veg from Nigel’s Lettuces & Lovage, and picking up some blooms for your house from Grange Nurseries. If you’re lucky, you might encounter their regular Cheese Street pop-up with, you guessed it, a whole lot of cheese. Race you there.
Every Sunday 10-2pm, Chapel Market, Islington N1 9EW lfm.org.uk
If the south east is where you like to spend your weekends, then Blackheath’s award-winning market is the place to head for your dose of fresh air and even fresher produce. Established in a car park in 2000, Blackheath Market attracts a range of local and not-so-local suppliers, from the Brixton-based Bread Bread bakery for fresh sourdough, to The Bath Soft Cheese Company, for the best Somerset cheeses. Craft ale, local honey and homemade preserves are all for the taking, too. Just the thing for dusting off the debris of a stressful week at work.
Every Sunday 10am-2pm, Blackheath Station car park, Blackheath, SE3 9LA lfm.org.uk